Different wood species age at their own unique rates. That means some woods will dry quickly, while others may require much more time. From a woodworking perspective, green wood can be cheap wood. That means waiting until it has properly dried before getting creative and making some sawdust.
There is no way to visually check to see if the wood you have for woodworking is dry enough. That is why the purchase of a moisture meter is a great investment. With a moisture meter, you can know for certain that your wood is ready or not ready immediately.
There are two types of moisture meters that are available right now.
Pin-type moisture meters require a set of pins to be driven into the wood that you wish to use. That means you must insert the pins into different portions of the wood to determine if moisture pockets exist.
Pinless meters do less damage to the wood while still providing an accurate reading. You just place the scanning plate onto the wood, activate the unit, and obtain the reading. Multiple readings can be taken in under a minute, so you can know with great certainty that the wood is useful or not.
Pin-type meters must be used on wood that is not flat. Pinless meters should be used on wood that is delicate.
Steps to Take If You Do Not Own a Moisture Meter
How was wood checked for seasoning before moisture meters were invented?
A process of weight comparison was used. Wood with high moisture content weighs more than wood with low moisture content.
You can use the same process to season your wood over the course of about a week instead of waiting a season or two. Here are the steps that you can follow.